Meet the Team

Team members provide overall direction and coordination for team activities in addition to specific services in support of adoption of wood energy in Wisconsin. General questions about the team or team activities can be directed to Olivia Shanahan at

Scott Sanford

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Distinguished Outreach Specialist
Agricultural Engineering
460 Henry Hall
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-5062
Scott manages the Rural Energy Program which looks for ways to reduce energy use in agriculture and rural businesses, provide educational materials on energy efficiency and promotes energy generation from renewable energy sources.

Jason Fischbach

Food and Energy Woody Crops Specialist
PO Box 218
Washburn, WI 54891
(715) 373-6104 ext 5
Jason is co-leader of the UW-Extension Bioenergy and Bioeconomy Team and coordinates the Lake Superior Woody Biomass Trails. He supports wood-to-energy projects primarily in Northern Wisconsin.

Timothy Baye

State Energy Specialist
(608) 778-1885
Tim is a professor of Business Development and State Energy specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Baye’s role with SWET is to provide research and educational programs serving renewable energy executives, professionals and policy leaders.

Shiba P. Kar

Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Planning and Policy
Sustainable Energy Specialist – UW-Extension
(715) 346-2359
Dr. Kar has a strong background and interest in teaching, collaborative research and outreach in energy policy and natural resources sustainability. His research focuses on socioeconomic and policy impacts of bioenergy, forest land use and community development, and policy and practices in climate change adaptation.

Tony “TJ” Morice

TNT Ventures LLC
(715) 218-2900
TJ is a founding board member of BTEC, steering committee member and President of Heating the Midwest, part of DATCP’s Bioenergy Advisory Council, member of North Central Technical College’s Wood Technology Advisory Committee and many other forestry, heating and pellet fuel industry networks throughout the U.S. to advocate for efficient, renewable wood heating. As V.P. at Marth he helped facilitate growth for over 18 years in biomass heating pellets, bedding, wood flour, operations, management and business development. He’s currently working on a variety of business endeavors in biomass and other areas such as Natural Gas consulting.

Olivia Shanahan

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
Energy Grants Manager, Office of Energy Innovation
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53705-7854
(608) 267-0317
Olivia is a state and federal grant manager with experience developing inter-governmental and public-private partnerships, providing financial assistance to Wisconsin municipalities, nonprofits, tribes, and businesses for forestry and energy related projects. She is the current grant administrator for this project.

Maria Redmond

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Director
Office of Energy Innovation
P.O. Box 7854
(608) 266-1521
Maria serves as the Director of the Office of Energy Innovation at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. She works with Wisconsin citizens, businesses and municipalities to implement innovative energy projects.

Don Peterson

Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC
1353 W. Highway U.S. 2, Suite 2
Crystal Falls, Mi 49920
(906) 875-3720
Don is President of Renewable Resource Solutions, LLC and Executive Director of Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc. Both companies have been working with numerous woody energy and woody biomass projects over the past ten years throughout Wisconsin, as well as in other states.

Sabina Dhungana

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Forest Products Services Statewide Specialist
(608) 261-0754
Sabina has worked on woody biomass supply chain analysis for optimizing delivery cost, wood fuel sourcing and demand supply analysis. She has also worked with several bioenergy plants to determine available biomass quantity and cost for their plant use. She received a B.S. in Forest Resource Science from Tribhuvan University in Nepal, and M.Sc. in Forest Resource Science from the Wood Science and Technology Department at West Virginia University.

Lew McCreery

United States Forest Service
Wood Biomass Coordinator – Northeastern Area
US Forest Service Northeastern Area
Morgantown, WV
(304) 285-1538
Lew works closely with State Foresters, small communities, and forest-based businesses to encourage efficient and effective use of woody biomass to generate economic opportunities;  renewable energy is one of the most interesting opportunities. The Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry unit serves the Northeast and Midwest twenty states.

Brian Brashaw

United States Forest Service
Program Manager
(218) 626-4344
Brian is the director of the Wood Materials and Manufacturing Program within the Forestry/Forest Products Division of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development. His project team emphasizes product development or improvement, process or technology development and technology transfer leading to economic development.

Dani Jones

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Sector Development Director
201 W Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
Dani’s areas of expertise are Financial Services, Telecommunications, Mining, and Military and Defense Relations; Forest Products is a new addition to her portfolio. Before she came to WEDC, she worked in the insurance industry and has a broad background in account management and sales. Her academic background in Economics where she had a brief foray into Energy Economics.